NWTF banquet at Hersey on Saturday

Evan Traynor is the local NWTF chapter chairman
Evan Traynor is the local NWTF chapter chairman

REED CITY — It will be a huge night on April 29 for Evan Traynor and committee members of the National Wild Turkey Federation Crossroads chapter, who will be having their annual banquet.

Traynor is president of the Crossroads chapter.

The event will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Eagles Nest at Eagle Village in Hersey.

"That's where we have it every year," Traynor said. "We're looking at probably 100 to 125 people showing up. That's a good crowd for us. We'll have a raffle for an auction package. We have $12,000 worth of guns and prizes that will be given away and auctioned off.

"We have applications out for a $500 scholarship for a local graduating senior. We're waiting to get applications back and hopefully will be able to award a scholarship to an individual at the dinner if we get those applications back in time."

This is the chapter's fifth annual dinner.

"We have 15 commtitee members," Traynor said. "Our membership runs in the 100 to 150 local members that have joined into NWTF. We try to get 120 of them to attend the banquet. It turns out to be an nice banquet.

"We use money from that banquet to help do some JAKE events during the year. We have kids come to a local gun club and we have an event where they can shoot different firearms or bow and arrows, and have a lunch out there. We cover the cost. We did it last year."

Monies also go into various other area activities, Traynor said, along with assistance for habitat improvements.

Many Mecosta County residents also attend the banquet. There's currently not a Mecosta County NWTF chapter.

State NWTF representatives are also scheduled to be at the banquet, Traynor said.